Today’s poem comes from Pirates?(Wordsong, 2012), by David L. Harrison. This collection is probably one of my top five picture book poetry collections of all times. It is full of drama and conflict and action–and beautiful poetry, to boot. These are not your average cartoon pirates, who have happy endings and are really good mates at heart. These are violent, intriguing, sometimes remorseful men whose lives?make fascinating poetry. What could be better? I especially love having another fantastic boy-friendly poetry collection to recommend to teachers and kids.
Signing on a Crew
Gather ?round, ye scurvy mates,
I’m signing on a crew.
You there! Can ye tie a knot?
I’d say you’ve snatched a purse or two.
Does the thought of plundered gold
Make ye shiver?
Make ye bold?
Ha! You’re rotten through and through!
Phew! You stinking drunken lout!
You’d whack your uncle’s gizzard out!
Well step right up!
Beyond a doubt
–by David L. Harrison, all rights reserved
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